Zip World Snowdonia is a guided adventure experience – customers should allow (approximately) 2 hours for the full experience – largely outdoors.
Participants will be supplied with a flying suit to wear that is wind and shower proof. Helmets and goggles will also be supplied.
It is essential to bring warm clothing and a waterproof coat (and ideally waterproof trousers). Footwear must be fitted securely. Walking boots are ideal.
Harnesses contain a secure pocket for wallets and small cameras.
The zip lining experience requires very little physical effort on the part of participants; however, an ability to walk 200 metres on a track, wearing a harness, is necessary.
It may also be necessary for participants to carry their own trolley.
Zip World is able to offer the experience to people with a wide range of disabilities – given appropriate notice.
For most people, the activity is psychologically challenging! However, participation in the Little Zipper first provides some useful progression.
A Journey Through Time
The Zip World Experience is located in the most dramatic of settings – Penrhyn Quarry which is nestled amongst the mountains of north Wales.
For more than 200 years men have laboured to extract valuable Welsh slate. In its heyday, more than 2000 men were employed as quarrymen. Today machinery has replaced all but 200 men but the quarry is still exporting slate to the far side of the world.
The Zip Lines are located in part of the quarry that has been decommissioned for ten years and already flora and fauna are reappearing. The rides provide a bird’s-eye view of 200 years of history, the working quarry and the spectacular north wales coast including Anglesey and on a clear day even the Isle of Man.
History has and continues to be made in Penrhyn Quarry.
- It was once the largest slate quarry in the world
- The first operations (in North Wales) using general anaesthetic were successfully performed in the quarry hospital
- It was where the first zip lines were built more than 100 years ago to extract rock (these were known as Blondins after the famous tightrope walker)
- Infamously it is where the longest dispute (strike) in British Industrial History took place
- Today we have the longest and fastest zip lines in Europe
From the end of the Short Zipper to the start of the Long Zipper you will be transported by means of a specially adapted off road vehicle. Along the journey there is evidence of an industrious past which your professional drivers will bring to life and the will astound you with their knowledge and compelling stories.